Conferences & Symposiums

At least twice per semester the Center sponsors a full-day conference on various topics of Renaissance study. Most conferences are free, and all are open to the public.


Call for papers!

Please submit papers for the

Graduate Conference

for Saturday, October 13th

no later than Saturday, September 1st to

Please check back for updates to this page.



Graduate Student Conference - Autumn
Graduate students from around the country (and the world) present papers on Renaissance Studies topics. - Fall Semester
$10 Entrance Fee includes lunch and breakfast

The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will host its sixteenth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 13, 2018. We are delighted to welcome historian Christopher R. Kyle of Syracuse University as our keynote speaker.  This year’s conference theme is Spaces of Authority.

Graduate students from across disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute paper that addresses early modern questions of space, place, authority, or any intersection thereof.  We welcome students from history, literature, and art history and encourage a wide range of theoretical approaches. The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to share their work and place it in a greater context of interests and concerns. The conference is designed to foster conversation among students who share similar challenges and construct a space where participants may expect serious feedback on their work.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email or email attachments to conference organizer Hayley Cotter at by Saturday, September 1, 2018.

Please see the conference blog for more information.

Swordsmanship Conference - Spring -.
Papers and demonstrations on medieval and Renaissance swordsmanship.
Free; pre-registration requested - Spring Semester


History of the Book Symposium
Papers and discussion on the study of books as physical objects and the history of different books and manuscripts.
Free; pre-registration required


These conferences vary from year to year. Samples of past conference topics include Shakespeare and Dance (Fall 2008); Suspected Shakespeares (Spring 2008), John Calvin (Fall 2009); Renaissance Art (Fall 2010); The Spanish Golden Age (Spring 2010), Renaissance Gardens (Spring 2011); Animals in the Renaissance (Fall 2011); The King James Bible (Spring 2012); Early New England (Fall 2012); Early Modern Iberian Studies Symposium (Fall 2017)